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WolfBrown's Detroit Office is Hiring
We are seeking a qualified professional to join our small team of researchers as manager of our Audience Research Program. 


Scenario Planning Versus Paradigm Planning in a Crisis by Dr. Thomas Wolf
In his new essay, Dr. Thomas Wolf reflects on his experiences working on scenario planning and paradigm planning with Play On Philly as well as the importance of this planning during COVID-19.


Covid-19 Audience Outlook Monitor - Update
More study partners on board; methodological updates; gearing up for results
It’s been nearly a month since we announced the Covid-19 Audience Outlook Monitor and there is much to report. What germinated in early March as a vague idea about the need to hear from audiences about their feelings about going out again to cultural events has blossomed into an international tracking study of a proportion I never could have imagined.


WolfBrown and the Bernard van Leer Foundation Publish a New Literature and Landscape Review: Making Joyful Noise
Dennie Palmer Wolf shares, "The report is a call to action, urging organizations and governments to invest in the well-being of young families using what we know about the joyous, affiliative, and communicative powers of music.” 


Dennie Palmer Wolf is Honored by the Association of Teaching Artists
Dennie Palmer Wolf has received the Association of Teaching Artists’ Teaching Artistry Ally Award.


Silver Linings: A Reimagined Revival by Victoria Plettner-Saunders
In her new essay, Victoria Plettner-Saunders reflects on opportunities to re-open better workplaces in the arts and culture sector in the wake of the pandemic. 


Dennie Palmer Wolf’s article, "Teaching Artists as Essential Workers: Respect, Collaboration, and Heft"  has been published via Navigating the Crisis.

In this piece, Dennie Palmer Wolf imagines the possibilities for teaching artists in the context of COVID-19. She writes "This time, strange as it is, is not time out; it’s time to plunge deep in."

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Making a Joyful Noise: The Potential Role of Music Making in the Well-Being of Young Families
This report from WolfBrown and the Bernard van Leer Foundation combines a comprehensive literature and landscape review that highlights the value, impact and scaling potential of music and sustainable music interventions/programs throughout the world. more >>
California Assembly Bill 5 and Worker Misclassification: Their Effects on Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations
Victoria Plettner-Saunders worked with San Diego employment attorney Arlene Yang to write a white paper outlining California Assembly Bill 5 and its impact on arts organizations.  more >>
Qualitative Impact Framework
The Canada Council for the Arts commissioned Alan Brown, John Carnwath, and James Doeser to create a custom framework to suit the complexity of the Canadian arts ecology.
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Teaching Artist Companion to Aesthetic Perspectives
A new publication developed by Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts, in collaboration with WolfBrown more >>
Liberating Academic Mindsets Through Culturally Responsive Arts Integration
A new report on Arts Corps' Highline Creative Schools Initiative by WolfBrown and MEMconsultants
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Of questions and canyons
Dennie Palmer Wolf's essay is one of 15 essays published in The Teacher You Want to Be: Essays about Children, Learning, and Teaching. This collection of essays explores questions about education stimulated by the remarkable pre-schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. more >>
Four Keys to Cultivating a Donor
Featured in Guidestar's October 2015 newsletter, this article by Dr. Thomas Wolf discusses four key concepts for successful donor cultivation. more >>

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No. 32 | published 2017
Deserving of Trust: Helping A Nonprofit Board Toward Good Governance
Good governance starts with accurate self-diagnosis. How is this done? Who does it? Who has the credibility to convince the majority of board members that such actions are necessary? These questions and more are explored in the latest volume of Sounding Board.  more >>
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